“Extreme Weight Loss” star Chris Powell said a carb-cycling diet can enhance weight loss on the Aug. 18 episode of the Dr. Oz Show.
On a separate segment, Dr. Oz debunked common health lies.
Powell, who has helped hundreds of morbidly obese people lose hundreds of thousands of pounds, said under-eating and drastically cutting carbs are two diet mistakes that inhibit weight loss.
Chris is not a fan of low-carb diets, saying they work in the short term but can backfire over the long haul, resulting in stalled weight loss or rebound weight gain.
Instead, Chris advocates carb-cycling, or alternating between days of high-carb intake and low-carb intake, to keep your body guessing and your metabolism fired up.
On his carb-cycling diet plan, you can eat 1,200 calories on a low-carb day, 1,500 calories on a high-carb day and up to 2,400 calories on a cheat day.
Powell detailed his rapid weight-loss plan in his NY Times bestseller, Choose to Lose: The 7-Day Carb Cycle Solution. His carb-cycling daily menu looks like this:
- Eat five meals.
- Eat a high-carb breakfast that includes both protein and carbs within 30 minutes of waking.
- Eat your remaining four meals, either high-carb or low-carb, every three hours.
- Drink a gallon of water a day.
Chris also advocates daily workouts, but said if you’re not a regular exerciser, start off by doing something five minutes a day.
“It can be anything from running around the block, or just marching in place when you’re watching television,” said Powell, who also wrote Choose More, Lose More.
“When it comes to creating a lifestyle of fitness, we need to start out small. We need to focus on something attainable that everyone can do.”